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Reading Strategies--Getting the Most out of What You Read

Which effective Reading advantage are you most interested in?
Having a better understanding of what I'm reading: 959 votes (50.42%)
Knowing what an assignment is asking me to do: 295 votes (15.51%)
The overall impact--saving time studying and doing assignments: 478 votes (25.13%)
I'm already a solid reader, but I know I can always improve my reading skills: 170 votes (8.94%)
Total Votes: 1902

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Getting the most out of what you read.

Explore the resources below for help with reading strategies!

Meeting with a Peer Educator: Maximize your academic skills so you can work more efficiently and save time and effort. Having someone 'in your corner' who can share tips and strategies with you is a great way to work smarter, not harder!

Here's how: 

Before, During, and After Strategies for Reading will help you understand and remember what your read.  Great overall resource!

Improving Reading Comprehension is another resource to help you comprehend and retain more effectively.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recall, Review) will lead you through steps to make sense of the text.

Mind Mapping will help your organize your thoughts and see how concepts interrelate. Great for studying too!

K-W-L (what I Know, what I Want to know, what I Learned) will help you activate and use your prior knowledge. So important to the learning process.                  

Utilize Learning Express for reading assistance. See Adult Learning Center - Becoming a Better Reader; see College Center - Reading Review. 

Skill Surfer can also help with Reading skills.  Select ESL, College, and/or Adult College Readiness topics.

How do I take notes that will be helpful?

Use these tried and true reading resources to get more meaning from your reading!

Learn about reading tips and strategies from the folks who know--Peer Tutors.  They have been where you are and can help you maximize your reading efforts. To connect with a tutor, make an appointment in Tutor Match! Click here for step-by-step instructions.  You'll select Success Skills in the Topic drop down and then select Reading Comprehension from the Subject drop down menu.

Other time savers:

  • Talk about your reading with others in your classes by starting a study group or pair.  Use your course email to contact students to see if they're interested in studying together.
  • One way to be as successful as possible is to be aware of your current situation so you can make a plan to improve (Metacognition).  The same is true for learning skills like reading comprehension.  The resources below will help you do just that:

**For more tutoring resources, visit the box to the left. 

Reading Strategies Resources

The titles in the below tabbed boxes are a small sampling of the many eBooks that are available inside the eBooks and Academic eBooks via EBSCO and 3M Cloud Library databases! 

Click on the titles to view the eBook or search for them by title in the eBook database.

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